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AMA: Yavapai Short Track Race Postponed

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Due to the success of the inaugural Arizona Mile AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship presented by event last May, the management at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, Ariz., has taken the difficult decision to postpone the running of the AMA Pro K&N Grand National Championship Short Track race until 2011.

The overall seating configuration needed to properly showcase the Short Track event would not have been available and therefore, the decision to focus on the Budweiser Arizona Mile event was taken.

Gary Spiker (GM Yavapai Downs) says: "We were overtaken by the success of our first race in May and we hate to do it, but it has to be done this year. With our limited seating, Yavapai Downs has elected to cancel the Short Track Grand National so the bleachers from the ¼ mile dirt track can be moved to the mile track to increase our over-all seating capacity."

The original plan for 2010 was to run the Inaugural Arizona Mile on May 1, 2010 with the return of Short Track and Budweiser Arizona Mile National on October 9-10, 2010 to wrap up the series season.

Mike Kidd (AMA Pro Racing Director of Flat Track) says: "Gary and I have been working together on various ways to keep the short track on the schedule by actually moving the race from Prescott Valley Raceway to the front straight of the mile, but we just ran out of time. This was a tough decision for everyone; however I understand their concern of not having enough seats on the Mile to accommodate the large crowd."

The final round of the series will now take place on Saturday, Oct. 9, with the running of the Budweiser Arizona Mile at Yavapai Downs in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug.23 at

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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